Sainte-Anne d’Auray!!!

It has been a while not written in my blog about the city of Sainte-Anne d’Auray been only about 17 km from our house and passing by it many times in the week, it surprise me but then again here the reason to be is one thing. And its huge! if you know the history of Bretagne.

I can only put the name of the town on the title because it is everything here. I like to tell you a bit more, mostly new pictures on the Basilica Sainte Anne. I am a non-practicing Catholic and been around here always move me and give me strentgh to go on in life. Best wishes to all. The sanctuary of the patron saint of Brittany, Sainte Anne. according to manuscripts from the 2-3C  , She is the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ!

sainte anne d'auray

Since I have written so much on it in the my past posts, let me give some glimpses of what this is. It is the third most visited pèlerinage in France after Lourdes, and St Thérese de Lisieux with sometimes almost 500K persons in this small town, huge.

I took a bit of a ride with my father and oldest son, just out to nearby towns we passed often and sometimes no time for photos. Saint Anne d’Auray is a religious town. Sainte Anne has a huge basilica compound here, with statues, memorials to the dead,and plaques all over, even one remembering the visit by Pope John Paul II in 1996. coming on the road D102, passing the necropolis or cementary of the French and Belgium troops in WWII as well as those of WWI and the 1870 war on the French side. Very nicely done, clean, beautiful resting place to keep beautiful people. Then you can see from the parking the Basilica at a distance ,and the statue of Saint Anne ,right on the park near the Mémorial to Bretons dead in WWars.

Actually ,the main reason we came in this time was for an exhibition of religious artifacts from many churches and chapels in the Morbihan deparment on expo at the Cloisters of the basilica of Sainte Anne d’Auray. Free with a contribution as you wish. Hours 14h to 18h every day. The display on the two floors of the cloister centered around 40 pieces of religious art.  Coming from the pays de Vannes and Vilaine are statues of Mercure painting of Saint Patern, scupltures of Saint Roch and Saint Sébastian etc.  Pays de Ploëmel (pays means region), is sculptures of Saint Anne , painting of donation of rosary 17C, sculpture of Saint James, etc. Pays de Cornouaille morbihannaise and Pontivy, wooden poly of the virgin and the child, 16C, etc. Pays de Lorient and Auray, chinese porcelain virgin of Sainte Anne, , the bust relics of Saint Cornély in golden wood, etc.  The cloister is the only remaining building from the 17C, and a historical monument of France. On top there is a gallery where permanent and temporary expositions are held such as the one above.

We had our lunch at the resto La Boule d’Or,which is also, a hotel. The resto is usually full of pelegrins and visitors ,but today was fairly ok;not crowded. the food is good, seafood and fish par excellence and here since 1840!  Traditional French  proposing menus from  13 € to 30 €.  Bar, jardin, parking available:

What you must see here are the Basilica and its Cloister, but also the Scala Santa (holy stair), the miraculous fountain, the Memorial to the fallen Bretons, the stele of the sailors, the statue of Saint Anne and Mary (daughter and mother); and the message park upon the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1996 with the message , “transmitting the faith”.

sainte anne d'auray

sainte anne d'auray

A few meters from the Basilica you can visit the house of Yvon and Guillemette Nicolazic. Yvon was the farmer who found a figure doll of a Virgin in the fields and who heard telling him to built the temple.

This is Sainte Anne that which the Bretons consider as their grandmother is sometimes confidential or protective. It dries tears and comforts without judging or betraying. In the basilica, opposite the ermine-shaped reliquary containing bones of Sainte Anne offered by king Louis XIII in thanks for the birth of Louis Dieudonné, future Louis XIV, we pray to the grandmother of Jesus in the hope of founding a family.

Some of the highlight dates to keep in mind when visiting are.

Beginning of May: Pilgrimage of Singles. June: Pilgrimage of mother’s. July: Pilgrimage of father’s of families. July 25-26: Grand Pardon of Sainte Anne. This is huge event overflowing the little town. End of July – Beginning of August: Festival of Families; August 15 – Feast of the Assumption. September: Pilgrimage of Couples wanting children. December: Christmas holidays with a living nativity scene.

We needed to buy some souvenirs for family and friends so we finally got inside the La Medaille souvenir shop right across from the basilica complex. The store created in 1986, propose a large selection of religious articles and Breton souvenirs. You will find the store of many models of medals, rosaries, statues, key chains. As well as numerous articles in faience: plates, statues, dishes, cups, mugs and bowls with first name.  All my articles are available in store throughout the year. More on the tourist board of the Bay of Quiberon:

Some webpages as usual from me to help you plan your trip here and even if not a believer the festivities and the architectural historical complex is huge, so me think is a must to come to Sainte Anne d’Auray.

Official Sanctuary of Sainte Anne in English

Official Sanctuary cities on Sainte Anne d’Auray in French

The tourist office of the Bay of Quiberon on Sainte Anne d’Auray:

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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